The education department will arrange special buses for candidates who might face transport problems while appearing for their pending papers of the Higher Secondary Class 12 examinations.
State-run schools in West Bengal will be asked to follow an “alternate model” for conduct of classes and the school education department will ensure that classes are held adhering to social distancing norms once they reopen, state Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee has said.
Chatterjee had earlier announced that the state government-aided schools will remain shut till June 30. The Education Minister said that the schools will be instructed to hold classes observing social distancing norms and they will also be asked to follow an “alternate model” for the same. On being asked to elaborate on the “alternate model”, Chatterjee told reporters that the details would be informed in the near future.
When asked about the reopening of private schools, Chatterjee said that the private institutes can either follow the same schedule as state-run schools or they are free to go by their own calendar. However, it was quite evident that the state government expects the private schools to follow the government’s decision.
The Education Minister said, “If a state-run school and a private school are situated in the same locality, the same yardstick should be applied to both, as students of the same locality will face a similar situation.”
The dates of reopening of schools were postponed from June 10 to June 30, as not only thousands of school buildings were left damaged due to cyclone Amphan, but many schools have to be turned into quarantine centres for people returning from outside the state.
Chatterjee also assured that the education department will arrange special buses for candidates who might face transport problems while appearing for their pending papers of the Higher Secondary Class 12 examinations. He said that the government will ask the West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education to keep exam centres nearby to the candidates locality.
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